The Morning Advertiser Lock In Podcast episode 41

Tackling the crippling cost increases

By Ed Bedington

With sky-rocketing costs across all aspects of the trade, the Lock In team take a look at what's driving those, and any steps operators can take to mitigate and make savings.

Following rules: 'pubs have complied with everything that’s been asked of them' says The Morning Advertiser editor Ed Bedington


Hammer blow for pubs flies in the face of logic

By Ed Bedington

It’s 10pm on a Friday night, the pubs have switched off the lights, barred the doors and the crowds are now heaving on the streets, mingling, singing, hugging and inviting each other back for impromptu house parties...

Joint consultation: the decision was made by a variety of groups including veterans and licensing authorities

VE Day opening hours extension confirmed

By Nikkie Thatcher

Pubs in England and Wales that are licensed to trade until 11pm will be able to serve for an additional two hours on Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May from 11am until 1am the following morning to mark the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day,...

Bar + Block: Whitbread 'keen to develop brand'


Whitbread to open new Bar + Block site in London

By Daniel Woolfson

Whitbread has announced the opening of a new ‘flagship’ Bar + Block site in the capital following the concept’s debut in Birmingham earlier this year. 

Mitchells & Butlers All Bar One airport

All Bar One eyes airport debut

By John Harrington

Mitchells & Butlers (M&B) is in talks to open a first site under its All Bar One brand at Birmingham Airport, M&C Report understands.

Reilly: On a good run of like-for-like sales

Loungers reports strong sales; agrees new sites

Loungers, the Piper Private Equity-backed cafe/bar and restaurant group led by Alex Reilley and Jake Bishop, reported a 9% rise in like-for-like sales in March and that it had concluded deals to open Lounge sites in the Brewery Square scheme in Dorchester...


Opening a pub is stressful - but it's the most exciting time

By Alastair Scott

A new pub generates customer trial and lots of individual and collective PR. It is your chance to change the perception of your pub, and a chance to make a step change in its performance. But, it is also the most difficult time.

New site for Loungers

New funding and 19th site for loungers

By John Harrington, M&C Report

Loungers, the privately-owned group behind the Lounge and Cosy Club concepts, has revealed it has secured an additional £1m funding for expansion...

Thomas secures new site

New Jam House for No Saints

By Mark Wingett, M&C Report

Steve Thomas, the Luminar founder who now heads the No Saints cabaret bar/restaurant group, has secured approval to open a site in Cambridge under...

Rawlings: warned against EMROs

EMROs: blanket ban on late opening

By Tony Halstead

Proposed Early Morning Restriction Orders could mean a blanket ban on late opening across entire districts if the new legislation goes through.

Lola Lo: Eclectic brand launched in Brighton

Sakura to open in Manchester

By Martyn Leek, M&C Report

Eclectic Bars - the private equity backed late night operator - is to open a Sakura in Manchester.

Mulholland (left): Values community pubs

Exempt community pubs from new levy

By John Harrington

Pro-pub MP Greg Mulholland has urged the Government to ensure community pubs aren't hit by the proposed late-night levy. The planned levy is...

Police: resources are being stretched

Market towns can be like 'wild west'

By Ewan Turney

Some small market towns are like the "wild west" because extended pub opening hours are stretching police resources to the limit, say police.